Fearful that that Nintendo Switch is going to run the Nintendo 3DS out of town? Worry not as President of Nintendo Tatsumi Kimishima just confirmed in their latest earnings briefing that the Nintendo Switch will not be replacing the Nintendo 3DS.
As for the future of the Nintendo 3DS business, Nintendo 3DS family hardware has continued to spread through our markets, reaching sales of 62 million units worldwide. Our efforts will focus on the opportunities to take advantage of this install base.
We will continue to introduce new titles that players can enjoy for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. We have heard speculation that Nintendo Switch will replace the Nintendo 3DS, as both are game systems that can be played outside the home, but Nintendo 3DS has unique characteristics that differ from those of Nintendo Switch. Furthermore, the price points and play experiences offered by the two systems are different and we do not see them as being in direct competition. We plan to continue both businesses separately and in parallel.
This slide shows the major announced games for Nintendo 3DS that have been recently released or that are announced for release later this year in our markets. We will have several follow-up titles from popular franchises on Nintendo 3DS and we are developing many other unannounced titles to continue to enrich the software lineup going forward.
So for the time being at least for the remainder of 2017 it would seem the 3DS is here to stay. The handheld is still selling well after all but it will be interesting to see if the support will continue in 2018 and beyond. Let us know in the comments what you think of Nintendo still supporting the 3DS.